Sky Sports News understand that Sean O'Driscoll is in talks with Barnsley over the managerial vacancy at Oakwell.
O'Driscoll has held discussions with Barnsley officials and is firmly in the frame to become Keith Hill's successor at Oakwell.
Hill was dismissed by the Tykes after the recent home defeat to Blackburn, which saw the club sink to the bottom of the Championship.
Former Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell and ex-Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson were reported to be on the club's four-man shortlist.
But O'Driscoll, who was surprisingly sacked by Nottingham Forest last month, is firm favourite for the post.